Three City Council seats are up for election this November, and so far three candidates have thrown their hats in the ring.

Councilmember Doug Thompson, who represents Post 3, has said he is not seeking re-election after two terms on the City Council. Tom Lambert, running for his first political office, has announced he is running for that seat.

Councilmember Jim Riticher.
Councilmember Pam Tallmadge.
Tom Lambert.

Post 2 Councilmember Jim Riticher said he is seeking a second term, and Post 1 Councilmember Pam Tallmadge said she is also seeking re-election. Tallmadge was elected in 2015 to the seat vacated by Denis Shortal, who resigned the post to run for mayor.

“Two years went by very quickly,” Tallmadge said.

The council election is scheduled for Nov. 7. Qualifying is scheduled to run Aug. 21-23.

Tallmadge, a key organizer of the city’s annual 4th of July Parade, has not made a formal announcement of her candidacy, but is telling people who ask of her intention to seek another term that she will. She said there is still much to learn as a member of City Council and that she wants to see several projects through, including the building of the new Austin Elementary School and the new baseball fields at Brook Run Park.

“There’s a lot to do still and I’m not done yet,” she said.

Riticher, who won the seat in 2013, said he also wants to follow through on projects begun during his first term, and especially continue a focus on paving.

“We’ve put more of an emphasis on paving and that is definitely one of my core planks,” he said.

He said his career in engineering and IT management and consulting brings “useful skills” to the council when it comes to construction and development projects and also to zoning issues.

Riticher also is endorsing Lambert in the race to replace Thompson.

Lambert announced in May he would be running to replace Thompson. He played an instrumental role in the city’s founding and incorporation by helping secure a federal grant to bring new sidewalks, lighting and other pedestrian improvements to the city during its first days.

“I believe we have reached an important milestone in our young city’s development. We have spent much of our first 10 years as a city playing catch-up from years of apathy and neglect from DeKalb County government,” he said.

“I believe it’s critical that our next decade be focused on building the Dunwoody of tomorrow. I am not suggesting changing who we are as a community…I believe we can respect and maintain what makes Dunwoody special, while still adding amenities and services that will enhance our quality of life and continue to allow our city to grow and thrive,” Lambert added.

Lambert also states on his campaign website he will focus on parks and recreation, including the new Brook Run Park master plan.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.

One reply on “Three Dunwoody council seats up for election this year”

  1. Ah, looks like the elections are once again going to be lacking a blunt albeit surly choice – so at the unanimous urging of the “Jonathan Swift Society”, I shall once again expose my bald pate and toss my hat into the Dunwoody Councilmember Election ring, as a write-in candidate (merely fiduciary reasons for the write-in ballot campaign – ain’t got the money for the entry fee).

    My background you ask? Well Frank Sinatra said it best – I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king. I’ve been up and down and over and mostly out…

    Qualifications? Well, I’m honest to a fault – it won’t take you 22 years to discover that I’m pilfering. I’ll tell y’all upfront that I intend to embezzle the hell out of the office. Unlike my opponents, I can’t afford to donate my salary to the community theatre or the lovely lady’s garden club, I need that money and MORE!

    My campaign platform? Well it consists of only a few planks, but I’m passionate about each one of them –

    No more money for bicycle lanes, and no bikes allowed on the sidewalk unless the rider is 16 or under. Cyclists can ride weave their bikes precariously in-and-out of traffic as we did on the streets of Chicago, and we liked it!

    Next, I shall commission an artist to include the noble copperhead on the Dunwoody city seal. Then I’ll establish a copperhead habitat in the Brookhaven Dog Park. I’m not saying that the dogs have to go, we’ll just let it be a Darwinian struggle for supremacy and let the superior species survive!

    Lastly, I’m the only aspirant bold enough as well as wise enough to appreciate the tax revenue that could be accrued to propose a city ordinance to legalize marijuana. Imagine a Dunwoody dotted with quaint hash cafes and, in addition to the direct tax revenue the city would gain, the collateral emolument for the non-drug related Dunwoody small businesses would be enormous.

    That’s the type of courageous thinking that this city needs, when you have the previous mayor feebly compromising by merely allowing beer growlers. Beer growlers? What kind of tourists are y’all attempting to attract with beer growlers? The surviving veterans of the 1923 Munich Beer Hall Putsch?!

    A ordinance legalizing marijuana is how we true progressives roll. Screw this “Save Dunwoody” crap. Save Dunwoody from what? Save it from thriving – both financially and socially? I’m guaranteeing y’all that if Dunwoody doesn’t pull its head out of the collective butt of its most antediluvian citizens, then expect it to eventually become nothing more than a city-wide retirement community of dour old trolls without any type of public amenities that could possibly coax their grandchildren to visit.

    “Write-in Gary Ray Betz for Dunwoody Councilmember – the only candidate honest enough to admit he smokes pot and he’ll graft to buy it!”

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